Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has called for the implementation of a National Maritime Policy, which includes security and capacity building, to help actualise the objectives of Africaa��s Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) 2050.
A�A�A�Peterside, while declaring open the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Implementation of AIMS 2050 in Lagos, said that such policy would provide a platform to implement the framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of Africaa��s Maritime Domain (AMD).
A�A�A�Represented by the NIMASA Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, he urged the committee to take cognizance of the nationa��s current maritime security architecture, which has been structured in line with international best standards and practices.
A�A�A�According to him,A�a�?Security issues are actual and perceived, and in the real sense of business, perception matters a lot.a�? To achieve the blue economy, therefore, key strategies to employ must include security and capital development.
A�A�A�Peterside also commended the involvement of ship owners in the AIMS 2050 implementation process, noting that the blue economy cannot be realised without them as major assets owners.
A�A�A�According to him, an all-encompassing security strategy must include capacity development, and for the effort to be result-oriented, indigenous ship owners have been integrated into the committee because a�?we cana��t develop the blue economy without the ship owners.
A�A�A�a�?They are the major assets owners; that is why we are getting them in from the beginning, andA�are sitting together to discuss the issue, challenges and things to put in place to actualise their dream.a�?
A�A�A�Earlier, the AIMS 2050 Chairperson and Director of Navy Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Amina Yusuf, said the committee aims to develop a National Maritime Strategy (NMS), adding that AIMS was a response to the high-volume illegal activities in the African Maritime Domain (AMD), accounting for huge losses in lives and revenue.
A�A�A�a�?AIMS provides a broad framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of the AMD for wealth creation, which is a direct product of cross-cutting inputs from African experts, including non-governmental organisations, the academia, regional economic communities and the African Union member-states,a�? Yusuf said.
A�A�A�a�?It is structured to address contending, emerging and future maritime challenges and opportunities in Africa; and integrates a plan of action with clearly defined vision and achievable goals, including specific, desirable objectives.a�?